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Changes coming to Ottawa's Capital Pride events, but police uniforms still not welcome in parade

Citing requests from marginalized communities and 2SLGBTQ+ organizations, Capital Pride is again asking police officers to not march in uniform.
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Capital Pride Parade on August 26, 2012. (iStock)

Organizers of Capital Pride are again asking police officers to leave their uniforms at home if they're marching in this month's Pride parade.

In its annual community report, Capital Pride published responses to an online survey and shared the results of community consultation meetings held in the spring. As a result of the feedback, the organization has decided to make changes to some of its programming for next week's Pride Festival.

This year, more sober events are being planned away from bars and clubs, and accessible seating areas will be designated at all Capital Pride stages. Organizers are also striving to make Pride week more family-friendly and are urging OC Transpo to implement free transit on the day of the Pride Parade.

Citing requests from marginalized communities and 2SLGBTQ+ organizations, Capital Pride is again asking police officers to not march in uniform. Its request asks "that participating officers reserve their uniforms and vehicles for official work duties only this year."

While 58 per cent of online survey respondents said they felt police uniforms should be allowed in the parade, Capital Pride says most community organizations, and the consensus of Indigenous and racialized people in consultation meetings, are opposed to police uniforms in the parade.

Capital Pride declined a request from 1310 NEWS to comment further on the survey and its community report.




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